Ginger Ernst, Principal
    Principal: Ginger Ernst
    Email: Ginger.Ernst@d11.org



    Welcome to Patrick Henry Elementary School!  My name is Ginger Ernst, and I am excited to embark on my first year as principal at Henry. I have been a dedicated educator for 25 years and have worked with students from pre-K through high school. I have served as a Teacher, Counselor, ELL coach, Dean of Students, and most recently as an Assistant Principal in a neighboring school district. I live in beautiful Colorado Springs with my husband Steve, and we have three amazing children, Matthew (22), Kenzie (20), and Andy (16). I love watching each of them play sports, and we have a great time as a family hiking, laughing, and playing with our three dogs (Posey, Willis, and Stanley).   


    I am honored to join this incredible group of educators at Henry. We have high expectations for students and believe that every child is capable of greatness. We focus on quality instruction and continually improve through our use of Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s).  For the second year in a row, Henry has been recognized by the Colorado Department of Education as a Center of Excellence. We have also been recognized as a Model Professional Learning Community site, one of only three in Colorado and the only elementary school in the state to achieve that designation.  


    All this is evidence that the school improvement efforts our Henry community has undertaken are working.  In doing this hard work, we also strive to ensure we do not sacrifice a core commitment – we pledge to create and maintain a warm and supportive environment for kids and adults.  We care about your students and strive to develop caring relationships and joyful learning experiences every day!  


    As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors – teachers, students, and parents – are excited to be here! With this enthusiasm, we will meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.  


    My door is always open, and I look forward to meeting you! Please stop by and introduce yourself.  


    With Patriot Pride,  


    Ginger Ernst 


    ​Henry will be known for 
    ​a commitment to measurable learning – we get results

     high expectations for students and staff
     a warm, supportive environment….no excuses



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